We asked Author and Creative Director, Petra Mason, to talk about her book about the legendary Bunny Yeager aka “The World’s Prettiest Photographer”. We are also excited to share some cool analogue shots taken with the Diana F+ at the Cocktails + Burlesque Show + Book Signing party at Mister H in SoHo New York!
Tell the Lomography world a little about yourself?
I’m a cultural historian and creative director with a major interest and appreciation for all things vintage and original.
Tell us more about this amazing book you’ve put together about photographer Bunny Yeager.
Bunny Yeager’s Darkroom focuses on the “golden era” of pin-up photography: the 1950s and 1960s. Bunny Yeager was a pin-up model who turned pin-up photographer. She had a very modern eye, and her self-portraits and chameleon like transformations, as seen in the chapter “How I Photograph Myself” were groundbreaking. She is of course, famously associated with propelling Bettie Page into the mainstream, but Bunny was prolific, and as you’ll discover in the 250+ images and in Bunny’s words in the book, we’ve gone beyond the obvious in all aspects: from the design to the text, this book is fresh. I spent about two years researching it, and viewed thousands of images that span her career.
Has her work inspired you or affected your own work?
Originals, outrageous acts, and everyday rebellions inspire me. Bunny being a pioneer and a trailblazer, un-intentionally subversive in her approach, and entirely independent, un-fussed by needing the approval of her peers…it’s that attitude that I find most inspiring and affecting.
What do you love about analog photography?
Analog photography has alchemy and magic. Digital captures what happened. Analog is happening.
What do you love about Lomography?
I love that it’s this 1950s Camera Club style cult!
Photographically, I adore the unexpected double exposures; the element of chance and experiment resulting in a myriad of un-expected saturated images. Lomography in spirit is avant-garde, anti-photography, and could be from the Fluxus art movement of the 1960s. The Lomography Diana Camera, complete with flash, added the perfect paparazzi / camera club in the 1950s element to the party. Not only was the Lomography Camera the perfect accessory, the resulting images look like a series of pulp fiction novel covers meets bar scene in Star Wars, and so captured the mood and energy of the event perfectly.
Thank so much to Petra for sharing with us! Want to learn more about the legendary Bunny Yeager? Take a look at some of her work here
All the photographs from the event were taken by the glamorous editor Ellen Nidy with Lomography camera and cocktail in hand.
Bunny Yeager’s Darkroom is published by Rizzoli New York and has a foreword by Dita von Teese.
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